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Competencies

Competencies

Physician Assistants provide expansive clinical diagnostic, therapeutic, and counseling services in primary and specialty care. Working in a number of health care facilities ranging from private practices to tertiary care hospitals, there is currently a tremendous demand for physician assistants. Case Western Reserve University's PA Program educates qualified individuals to be highly skilled licensed health care providers who practice team-based medicine in collaboration with physicians. The general entry-level competencies of a graduate of the CWRU PA Program are to be able to:

Medical Knowledge and Patient Care

  • Elicit and interpret a comprehensive, detailed and accurate history from a patient.
  • Perform the appropriate comprehensive or problem-oriented physical examination of a patient.
  • Perform diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures associated with the management of medical and minor surgical conditions.
  • Assess the severity of common emergency problems and respond in a decisive and appropriate fashion.
  • Provide life support and perform emergency evaluation/care and initiate therapeutic procedures in life-threatening events jointly with or in the absence of a physician or other health professionals.
  • Apply medical knowledge to patient encounters with evaluation, diagnosis and management of disease.
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis and prepare a problem list based on the assessment of the patient.
  • Analyze pertinent medical information and laboratory data for the formation of diagnostic and/or management plans.
  • Implement and monitor patient treatment plans and recommend or prescribe medications or other therapy for the treatment of patients.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills and Teamwork

  • Record and present pertinent patient data, including interpretive recommendations, in a manner meaningful to the physician and members of the healthcare team.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills to be able to provide complete, concise and well-organized case presentations to physicians and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Function as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team.
  • Utilize well-developed interpersonal skills, communicate appropriately and interact professionally with the healthcare team, patients, family, peers, staff and the general public.
  • Promote health and wellness; instruct and counsel patients regarding physical and mental health, including proper diet, disease prevention, normal growth and development, family planning, lifestyle risks, situational adjustment reactions and other health care matters.

Professionalism

  • Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and demonstrating responsibility, ethical practice and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  • Respect and understand the concepts of privilege, confidentiality and informed patient consent.
  • Engage with the community to heighten awareness of the intriguing challenges and unique opportunities in urban communities.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuing medical education and ongoing professional development.
  • Participate in the scholarly activity of the profession through research, publishing and/or education.

Practice-based Learning & Improvement

  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills, informed value judgments and possess an educational foundation for continued growth and life-long learning.

Systems-based Care

  • Practice cost-effective health care and resource allocation that does not compromise patient quality of care.
  • Deliver or assist in the delivery of services to patients requiring continuing care in homes, nursing homes and extended care facilities.
  • Facilitate referral to community resources, health facilities and agencies and arrange appropriate patient follow-up to respond to patient needs that go beyond their medical conditions and include social, emotional, spiritual, economic and environmental factors.
  • Critically evaluate the medical literature, policies and systems on an ongoing basis, to improve patient care, enhance leadership qualities in the community as well as professional endeavors.